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Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel, Company Behind TV News Touchscreens

If you have watched TV news with any regularity over the last few years, you have almost certainly seen a touchscreen produced by Perceptive Pixel.  Today, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring the company, which was founded by Jeff Han, for an undisclosed sum (TVNewser spoke to Han at the NAB show back in 2008).

It isn’t clear what Microsoft has in store for the company, which has built up an impressive client list of media companies, defense companies and government agencies. Microsoft says it wants to run its Windows 8 operating system on PPI screens, and it isn’t clear whether the existing software–such as its election tracker program–will follow. PPI also has a number of very important patents in the touchscreen space, which would help bolster Microsoft’s portfolio.

Perceptive Pixel produced the “Magic Wall” that started the whole cable news touchscreen craze on CNN back in 2008. ABC, Bloomberg, ESPN, Fox News, Univision and The Weather Channel also use displays from the company. Ironically, MSNBC originally used the “surface” touchscreen from its then-partner Microsoft, rather than a Perceptive Pixel display.

 

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“Magic Wall” Creators Win Top Design Award

Han_4.30.jpgPerceptive Pixel, the company behind CNN’s “Magic Wall” and FNC’s “Bill Board” has been named the winner of a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The company, founded in 2006 by Jeff Han (co-star of the TVNewser Summit promo video) won an Interaction Design Award for exceptional work using digital technology. The National Design Award is the nation’s highest honor for design.

Perceptive Pixel has rapidly proliferated by working with industry leaders to apply these novel interfaces to professional use cases in markets as diverse as business intelligence, medical imaging, energy exploration, industrial design and collaboration. Most recently, Perceptive Pixel became renowned for completely transforming the way television broadcasters including CNN, Fox and ABC covered the historic 2008 Presidential elections.

Somewhere John King is smiling.

Related: UnBeige has the full list of winners.

Pre-Summit Party in New York City

summit_2-16.gifYou may have seen something about the upcoming TVNewser Summit (March 10, NYC, take advantage of the early bird discount ending tomorrow).

But also, we’re celebrating the Summit with a party on February 24 at Tribeca Cinemas. We’ll raise our glasses to mediabistro.com’s newest blog, WebNewser, as well.

Click here to sign up for the party…see you there!

Click continued to see the Summit promo, featuring “Magic Wall” creator, Jeff Han

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TVNewser Summit — The “Magic Wall” Explanation

If you haven’t already seen it somewhere else on this page, mediabistro.com is holding the first ever TVNewser Summit on March 10 in New York City. Here’s a promo — featuring Jeff Han (of “Magic Wall” fame, Laurel Touby and the TVNewser guys…

“It’s Good To Be King”

king_11-19.bmpIn what is likely John King‘s acting debut, the CNN correspondent took part in an “Enemy of the State“-like segment revolving around the “journalistic super-weapon,” the “Magic Wall.”

First John Oliver talked to the “diabolical genius behind the touch screen,” Jeff Han.

But it quickly turned into a conspiracy plot, that King was perpetrating. “Was John King working for CNN or the military? Hold on, did John King run the military?!” asked Oliver as eerie music played in the background.

There was a tension-filled meeting in Williams-Sonoma, a face-morphing sex scene — and we won’t spoil the surprise ending, but that “Magic Wall” has some never-before-scene powers.

Click continued to see the segment…

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A New “Magic Wall” Player — SNL

armisen_10-24.jpgCNN’s John King and FNC’s Bill Hemmer need to step up their “Magic Wall” game — Fred Armisen is ready to compete.

If you missed “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday” last night, you didn’t see the introduction of the “Mega-Pixel Giant Touch Map” used on Weekend Update. It looked similar to CNN and FNC’s wall, so we asked one of the creators of both touch screen’s, Perceptive Pixel’s Jeff Han.

It was one of theirs, and he was there last night. “They contacted us and its hard to say no when they ask you to do something collaborative for that,” Han tells TVNewser. “The crowd reaction was a lot of fun there, especially in rehearsal.”

So did Armisen have to train to get as good as his competitors on CNN and FNC? “It takes no training at all, that’s why its useful for broadcast,” Han said. “It took him no effort to just go up there and start using it. I think he was surprised by how easy it was.”

But using it for comedy purposes means seeing things never before used by CNN and FNC. And it won’t be the last time you’ll see a screen in a new setting. “You’ll see it again in other comedic situations,” Han said, without giving away where.

> Update: The SNL appearance of the “Magic Wall” was done in cooperation with CNN (which is why it looked so similar).

Click continued to see the Weekend Update clip (the “Magic Wall” part begins about 1:15 in)…

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